Whiskey Women Podcasts

Women in Whiskey

018 – Meet the New Master Distiller of the former Old Taylor Distillery, Marianne Barnes

Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller at The Distillery Formally Known as Old Taylor, discusses her new role, what everyone can expect coming from this revitalization, and insights into what it takes to be a master distiller.

Show Notes:

  • Tell us a little bit about your past
  • How does chemical engineering play into this role?
  • Talk to us about why we have you on the show
  • Are you going to keep the name Old Taylor name or will it be renamed?
  • What’s being invested into restoring the distillery?
  • Where is the distillery in relation to the bourbon trail?
  • Where do you see this business in the next 5 years?
  • How do you measure success?
  • What can you do differently versus Brown-Forman?
  • What does it mean to be a woman in this male dominated field?
  • Talk to us a little bit about what made you so successful and why you were chosen for this role
  • What is going to set your bourbon apart from everything else on the market?
  • When is the distillery going to be up and running?
  • Follow Marianne Barnes on Facebook


007 – What’s Happening in Bourbon Media with Maggie Kimberl of Louisville.com


Maggie Kimberl (@LouGirl502), author of everything bourbon for Louisville.com, joins the duo to talk about bourbon in the news and media.

Show Notes:

  • What was your first bourbon memory?
  • How do you perceive Master Distillers spending their time in liquor stores?
  • Talk about your job for writing about bourbon industry news and culture for Louisville.com
  • Has your following grown over the past year?
  • Favorite barrel proof bourbons & Bottled-in-bond
  • Talk about Bottled-in-bond
  • Uncle Jemima’s Pure Mash Liquor
  • What are your tips for traveling to bourbon country?
  • Any bourbon bars you can suggest?
  • Talk about being a woman in the whiskey world